Huawei leapfrogs Microsoft in mobile shipments

first_img HuaweiMicrosoft Huawei founder urges shift to software Huawei overtook Microsoft to become the world’s third largest mobile phone vendor following a “lacklustre” Q2 2015 for mobile phone shipments, according to Strategy Analytics.Global mobile shipments in total grew from 428 million units in Q2 2014 to 434.6 million in Q2 2015, representing annual growth of 2 per cent, “the industry’s weakest performance for two years, due to slowing demand for handsets in China, Europe and the US”, according to Woody Oh, director of Strategy Analytics.Huawei, however, “was the star performer” during the period after capturing a 7 per cent market share, up from 4.8 per cent for the same quarter-2014, shipping 30.6 million mobile phones to overtake Microsoft for the first time ever.“Huawei is rising fast in all regions of the world, particularly China where its 4G models, such as the Mate7, are proving widely popular,” said Ken Hyers, director at Strategy Analytics.Microsoft lagged behind, shipping 27.8 million devices for the quarter, capturing a 6.4 per cent market share, down from 11.8 per cent in Q2 2014.The company’s mobile phone vendor market share is now sitting near an “all time low”, according to Neil Mawston, executive director at the analysis company. “Microsoft continues to lose ground on feature phones”, he added.Market leader Samsung also dipped 7 per cent annually, distributing 89 million phones, and while the company stabilised volume in the high end, its lower tier models continues to face competition from rivals like Huawei in Asia.Xiaomi, which remains a major player in China, also saw slowing international and local growth, and “may struggle to hold on to its top-five global phone ranking in the coming quarters”, added Mawston.Apple, meanwhile, grew 35 per cent annually, shipping 47.5 million phones, attaining an 11 per cent market share. According to analysts, Apple outperformed as consumers in China and elsewhere upgraded to bigger-screen iPhone and 6 Plus models.Smartphones accounted for eight in 10 total shipments during the quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Previous ArticleProject Loon signs up Sri LankaNext ArticleWeChat Italy to promote instant messaging with ChatSim Author Kavit Majithia HomeDevicesNews Huawei leapfrogs Microsoft in mobile shipments Relatedcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 JUL 2015 Google taps retail with NYC store Xiaomi Q4 boosted by Huawei woes Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Tags Devices last_img read more

Austerity under attack

first_imgEurope seems to be obsessed with austerity. Country after country is being forced by either the financial markets or the European Union to start cutting its public-sector deficit. And, as if this were not enough, 25 of the 27 EU member states have just agreed on a new treaty (called a ‘fiscal compact’) that would oblige them never to have a cyclically adjusted budget deficit of more than 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). (For comparison, the United States’ budget deficit in 2011 was close to 8% of GDP.) But, as the European economy risks falling into recession, many observers are asking whether ‘austerity’ could be self-defeating. Could a reduction in government expenditure (or an increase in taxes) lead to such a sharp decline in economic activity that revenues fall and the fiscal position actually deteriorates further? This is highly unlikely, given the way our economies work. Moreover, if it were true, it would follow that tax cuts would reduce budget deficits, because faster economic growth would generate higher revenues, even at lower tax rates. This proposition has been tested several times in the US, where tax cuts were invariably followed by higher deficits. The decisive question then becomes: what matters more, the impact of deficit cutting on the debt/GDP ratio in the short run or in the long run? Prospective buyers of Italian ten-year bonds should look at the longer-term impact of deficit cutting on the debt level, which is pretty certain to be positive. Of course, some market participants might not be rational, demanding a higher risk premium following a short-term deterioration of the debt ratio. But those who concentrate on the short term risk losing money, because the risk premium will eventually decline when the debt ratio turns around. Abandoning austerity out of fear that financial markets might be short-sighted would only postpone the day of reckoning, because debt ratios would increase in the long run. Moreover, it is highly unlikely that Italy, for example, would pay a lower risk premium if it ran larger deficits. It would be dangerous for the eurozone’s highly indebted countries to abandon austerity now. Any country that enters a period of heightened risk aversion with a large debt overhang faces only bad choices. Implementing credible austerity plans constitutes the lesser evil, even if this aggravates the cyclical downturn in the short run.Daniel Gros is director of the Centre for European Policy Studies. In Europe, the concern today is instead with the debt/GDP ratio. The worry here is that the GDP drop resulting from ‘austerity’ might be so large that the debt ratio increases. This matters, because investors often use the debt ratio as an indicator of financial sustainability. Thus, a lower deficit might actually heighten tensions in financial markets. However, a lower deficit must lead over time to a lower debt ratio, even if this ratio worsens in the short run. After all, most models used to assess the economic impact of fiscal policy imply that a cut in expenditure, for example, lowers demand in the short run, but that the economy recovers after a while to its previous level. So, in the long run, fiscal policy has no lasting impact (or only a very small one) on output. This implies that whatever short-run negative impact lower demand may have on the debt ratio should be offset later (in the medium to long run) by the rebound in demand that brings the economy back to its previous output level. One-off phenomenon Moreover, even assuming that the impact of a permanent cut in public expenditure on demand and output is also permanent, the GDP reduction remains a one-off phenomenon, whereas the lower deficit continues to have a positive impact on the debt level year after year. Notice that this conclusion was reached without any recourse to what Paul Krugman and others have derided as the “confidence fairy”. In the US, it might indeed be unreasonable to expect that a lower deficit translates into a lower risk premium – for the simple reason that the US government pays already ultra-low interest rates. But, even without any confidence effects, the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that, while cutting the US deficit does lower demand, it still leads reliably to a lower debt ratio. This should be all the more true for eurozone countries, such as Italy or Spain, that are now paying risk premia in excess of 3%-4%. For these countries, the confidence fairy has become a monster. last_img read more

Luxembourg: EIB Could Give EUR 500 Million Loan for Innogy Nordsee 1

first_imgThe European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering giving a EUR 500 million loan for RWE’s Innogy Nordsee 1 offshore wind farm, the Bank said yesterday on its official website. The EIB noted that the loan is currently under appraisal and negotiation, after which it needs to be approved by the Board of Directors. Regarding procurement, the Bank said the following: “The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that contracts for the implementation of the project have been/shall be tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation (Dir 2004/17/EC/ or 2004/18/EC and Dir. 2007/66/EC), with publication of tender notices in the EU Official Journal, as and where appropriate.”Innogy Nordsee 1 GmbH, which operates as a subsidiary of RWE AG, has already issued tenders and awarded contracts for some of the works required for the wind farm construction, such as piling work, installation and commissioning of the grid connection system and turbine supplier. The wind farm, which is situated approximately 40 kilometres north of the island of Juist, will comprise 54 REpower 6M offshore turbines with a total capacity of 332 MW. The total cost of the Innogy Nordsee 1 offshore wind farm is EUR 1.1 billion.[mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, May 31, 2013; Image: RWElast_img read more

Pole dancers

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HEA Warns Members, Be On High Alert For Scammers

first_imgAccording to HEA, the scammer states that the member’s meter is getting changed out and they need to pay by 5pm with a money order to continue service. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association (HEA) issued a release on Tuesday to alert members that the company has received reports from members regarding suspicious phone calls this week. For members that have questions or need additional information call 1-800-478-8551. If a suspicious phone call is received, end the phone call and contact Homer Electric for verification and to check the status of your account. Scammers are becoming smarter, so don’t be fooled by caller ID even if it says ‘Homer Electric Association’. Be scam savvy and never give anyone your personal information unless you are confident the transaction is legitimate. Homer Electric stated, that while HEA may contact you by phone for various reasons, the cooperative will never call you to demand payment by a certain method or threaten an immediate disconnection of service if payment is not received.last_img read more

Tipperary county convention discusses underage structure

first_imgThe Tipperary county convention took place in the Dome in Thurles last night.The underage game and income for the last year were among the items discussed.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson has more:last_img

Transfer ALERT! Crystal Palace target wants to leave Barcelona in January

first_img Jasper Cillessen 1 Crystal Palace target Jasper Cillessen wants to leave Barcelona in January.The goalkeeper moved to the Nou Camp last summer from Ajax in a deal that could eventually be worth around £13million.However, the Dutchman made just one LaLiga appearance last season as Marc-Andre ter Stegen cemented his place as Barca’s number one.Crystal Palace were interested in Cillessen during the summer and, according to widespread reports in Spain, they are in luck as he wants to leave in January.The 28-year-old reportedly wants first-team football and he is ready to move abroad if the option presents itself.last_img

The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition)

first_imgpreviewwith calendar: 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440StrandedDesigned by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden. The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition)You are here: Posted on 1st May 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Lookout At Sea“I wanted to create something fun and happy for the month of May. It’s a simple concept, but May is typically the time to adventure out into the world and enjoy the best of Spring.” — Designed by Alexander Jubinski from the United States. HomeWeb DesignThe Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) previewwith calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440May MountainsDesigned by Harley LeBlanc from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440All Is Possible In May“Edwin Way Teale once said that ‘[t]he world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.’ Now that the entire nature is clothed with grass and branches full of blossoms that will grow into fruit, we cannot help going out and enjoying every scent, every sound, every joyful movement of nature’s creatures. Make this May the best so far!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 640×960, 640×1136, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Always Seek Knowledge“‘As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.’ (Charles Morgan) So I tried to create an illustration based on this.” — Designed by Bisakha Datta from India. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×900, 1400×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Magical Sunset“I designed Magical Sunset as a friendly reminder to take a moment and enjoy life around you. Each sunset and sunrise brings a new day for greatness and a little magic.” — Designed by Carolyn Warcup from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2560×1600, 3440×1440Enjoy May!“Springtime, especially Maytime is my favorite time of the year. And I like popsicles — so it’s obvious isn’t it?” — Designed by Steffen Weiß from Germany. previewwith calendar: 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Oldies But GoodiesWhimsical, adventurous, delicate — the May wallpapers which reached us in the past few years are as different as the artists who created them. Here are some of our favorites from the past. Which one is yours? (Please note that these designs come from our archives, and, thus, don’t include a calendar.)Lake Deck“I wanted to make a big painterly vista with some mountains and a deck and such.” — Designed by Mike Healy from Australia. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Mental Health Awareness DayDesigned by Kay Karremans from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Cruel LifeDesigned by Elise Vanoorbeek (Doud Design) from Belgium. previewwith calendar: 340×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1440×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 340×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1440×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Hello Spring!“I was at a local bike shop the other day, and I saw one of the vintage bikes. I loved the shape of it. I also was inspired by May flowers.” — Designed by Olivia Bartoli from the United States.center_img previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Sun’s Out, Tongues Out“May reminds me of long car rides while the cool breeze whips through the open windows. What better companion to have than a big friendly dog? Cool breeze, warm sun, and a furry friend.” — Designed by Samantha Strausser from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1440×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Stone DahliasDesigned by Rachel Hines from the United States. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×748, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×748, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Cool As An Octopus“A fear I need to conquer inspired this wallpaper design. I never really liked the ocean because of how much we don’t know about it or anything that lives in it. However, I have decided to try and focus on the beautiful parts of this great unknown by choosing an octopus.” — Designed by Alexandra Covaleski from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 1280×960, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 2560×1440, 2560×1600, 2880×1800It’s Finally May, My Deer“After going through a super long winter, I was inspired to create this whimsical wallpaper because I wanted to highlight the beauty of nature and how I envision it to be during the warmer seasons that have yet to come.” — Designed by Michaela Schmidt from Maryland. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Happy Birthday To Papú!“May is the month of celebration! We are happy to share with you the Papú’s birthday.” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela from Spain. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1440×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Spring Gracefulness“We don’t usually count the breaths we take, but observing nature in May, we can’t count our breaths being taken away.” — Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×900, 1400×1050, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Field Wild Flowers“Springtime festival celebrated with May blossoms.” — Designed by Richard George Davis from South Africa. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 1024×1024, 1280×720, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Game BoyDesigned by Sander Geenen from Belgium. The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2019-04-30T14:50:31+02:00 2019-05-01T12:35:27+00:00We always try our best to challenge your creativity and get you out of your comfort zone. A great occasion to do so is our monthly wallpapers challenge which has been going on for nine years already. It’s an opportunity to let your creative ideas run free and try something new, to indulge in a little project just for fun. Whatever technique you fancy, whatever story you want to tell with your wallpaper, the submissions to this challenge make for a unique bouquet of community artworks each month anew. Artworks that adorn desktops and, who knows, maybe even spark new ideas.In this post, you’ll find wallpapers for May 2019, created with love by designers and artists from across the globe. The wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. At the end of this post, we also collected some May favorites from past years’ wallpapers editions that are too good to gather dust somewhere down in the archives.Now before you decide on your favorite this month, we want to say thank-you to everyone who shared their artworks with us. And, well, if you’re feeling inspired, did you know that your work could get featured in one of our upcoming wallpapers posts, too? We’re always looking for fresh talent, so don’t be shy, join in. 😉Further Reading on SmashingMag:Designing A Realistic Chronograph Watch In SketchIllustrating Animals With 13 Circles: A Drawing Challenge And TutorialHow To Create Dramatic Vector IllustrationsHow To Create Icons In Adobe XDApril Showers Bring Magnolia Flowers“April and May are usually when everything starts to bloom, especially the magnolia trees. I live in an area where there are many and when the wind blows, the petals make it look like snow is falling.” — Designed by Sarah Masucci from the United States.previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440The Wriggling Glory of River Uvac“Did you know that there are around 65 pairs of griffon vultures in Serbia? And did you know that one of their natural habitats is located at the river Uvac canyon? Nested between Zlatibor and Zlatar mountains, the wriggling flow of river Uvac is one of the most recognizable marks of Western Serbia and one of the most beautiful natural scenes in the country. And yes, May is just the perfect time to visit and enjoy its glory.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Floral Impression“My main inspiration behind this were the blooming flowers in May. My mother collects blue and white Japanese china which was the pot inspiration. The blues and pinks together are what I find to be one of the most complimentary color palettes.” — Designed by Olivia Osborne from Pennsylvania. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Birds Of May“A little-known ‘holiday’ on May 4th known as ‘Bird Day’. It is the first holiday in the United States celebrating birds. Hurray for birds!” — Designed by Clarity Creative Group from Orlando, FL. previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Join In Next Month!Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.Thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!From our sponsors: The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Is Business Intelligence the Fastest Way to Improve Customer Experience?

first_imgSophia Brooke Tags:#Big Data AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sophia Brooke is a Project Manager with over 10 years’ experience and a proven track record in project management and delivery for a variety of industry sectors: Retail, Software, Construction, Education and Financial services. Companies can no longer claim they don’t have enough data about their customers. The explosion of social media, forums, discussion boards, and even customer care services give organizations enough raw material to help them provide excellent service and create better products, well-suited for customers’ needs and preferences.Right now, the biggest struggle is to make sense of all the data flowing toward the organization in such a way that it doesn’t flood decision-makers but helps them achieve targets consistently. Data flowing toward organizations is a job for business intelligence (BI) tools. Furthermore, the best systems can provide actionable insights almost in real-time, a thing which customers almost take for granted.What is a business intelligence (BI) solution?A BI tool converts data into easy-to-read, usually visual representations, which can offer decision-makers an overview of the situation with the possibility to drill down to atomic levels, to find the right answers.A BI software offers historical, real-time, and predictive approaches to a company’s actions by looking at past recordings and computing future trends. It can be useful in various business areas, including marketing and prospecting, sales, customer care, and logistics. Most of the times, these tools also offer industry benchmarks to help companies assess their direction and growth.Here are a few reasons why companies of all sizes should take into consideration having a BI solution.Stay ahead of market trends.Staying relevant in business is more about thinking about what you should do next instead of current firefighting situations. A useful business intelligence tool not only focuses on your company’s proprietary data but looks at other players in the industry and extracts the essentials.BI consultants from InData Labs say that such a system can give warning signals about potentially dangerous upcoming events or alert to opportunities.For example, a BI connected to Google Analytics and Twitter trends will identify if there is a rising interest in a product you have or even a complimentary item, due to various factors. If this happens, it will display a map or a message giving more insights about the requested product type and where it is needed.Listen to your customers.The extensive development of online communication channels between a company and its customers means that there are many ways to listen to a customer’s voice. Most people are talking about brands they like and despise all the time, and it is the organization’s responsibility to centralize all the answers so that it learns from them and improves.Since these channels are most of the times bidirectional, customers are also looking for a reaction from the company they mention. A useful BI tool would signal the channels where your brand gets the most attention and even the sentiment which dominates the postings. If there is a crisis potential, a BI tool will let your PR team know immediately and give them time to react.Segment and create user personas.Listening to your customers is just the first step. Taking your business to another level means getting deeper into their mind and habits. A way to do this is to follow user experience designers create user personas. These are generalized characters complete with a description, biography, preferences, likes, and dislikes, who would be interested in your product.By thinking about real user personas, your team will be less inclined to focus on sales targets and worry more about meeting the needs of actual consumers. Meeting the needs of the actual customer is a step further than old-school demographic and sociographic segmentation and is closer to customization and experience personalization.Give employees the right tools.Although business intelligence is looking at customers’ actions, it is an employee-facing tool. Having the correct data in place makes your staff feel more confident about the decisions they are making and reduces the guesswork.A BI system reduces the learning curve dramatically for new employees as it offers visual, simple cues. It is also a way to reduce the stress associated with data reading, even by senior staff members. Since it provides real-time insights, it is also a way to speed up your internal processes and become more productive, with the opportunity to anticipate actions.Some studies even claim that these tools can make your employees feel more engaged with their tasks. Being more engaged with tasks leads to less stressed and more proactive staff members, an overall gain for the organization.Empower customers.Although most of the times a BI solution is meant to be used by employees, sometimes it can be adapted to serve customers directly. Some BI modules can be customer-facing and help them manage costs, control resources, and have a better experience overall.If customers have portals where they can control what they pay for, it makes them feel empowered, and the employee becomes less likely to churn when thinking that they have a say in the process.App is just another name for business intelligence (BI).If business intelligence sounds too corporate, maybe the idea of an app is much more approachable. For example, back in 2014, McDonald’s created a pioneering app for customers that tracked behavior and offered discount vouchers. It’s easy to use the highly visual interface was a success in the Dutch market and is an inspiring story about how a BI can be translated to work directly with customers.ConclusionThese are just a few ways BI can help organizations get closer to their customers, provide them with excellent service and value. Other applications of BI include warehouse management, logistics management, using big data to anticipate trends, and more.These tools are not for just one industry; they can be useful in healthcare, financial services, marketing agencies, insurance, and of course, retail. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

CAN-SPAM Act is Important and Painful for Email Marketers

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tell your subscribers where you’re located.– You need to include your physical mailing address on every email bottom you send. It can be your current street address, an office address, or a private commercial mailbox.Tell readers where your email is coming from.– The law focuses on transparency of email. The “From” “To” and “Reply to” labels marked on email need to tell the recipient where the email comes from. In other words, these fields should contain the sender’s name or the business name.Write an honest subject line of email.– Your subject line should reflect what’s in the email. You can’t be deceptive here. Using False Or Even Misleading Information Is A Strict No-No. In other words, don’t write “Claim your $200 gift card” in the subject line to get people to open an email that’s really about a new product. Honor opt-out requests within 10 days of unsubscribe.– If someone wanted to opt-out from the mailing list, you must remove that person within 10 days of their request. At the bottom of the commercial email, you can provide a link to unsubscribe. Email service providers like MailChimp will automatically remove a subscriber from your list when someone makes an opt-out request.If you use one, you’re all set. You can’t charge any fees for this service or ask for any personal information or sell the person’s contact information to another company.Email As Advertisement.– Admit it. Most emails that marketers send to their subscribers and customers are an advertisement in some form or the other. So, identify it as an ad. Provide full disclosure that you are advertising, and the law will be by your side.Monitor what others do for you on your behalf.– If you have virtual assistants or you hire another company to manage your email list, supervise all email activities. You are still responsible if the company breaks any of these rules.Bottom Line:Use good and sensible judgment and respect your email subscribers. When you set up your next email campaign, it worth to check it against this list of rules to make sure everything is legit. Don’t become a CAN-SPAM nightmare. When you follow these simple regulations passed by the government, you’ll make your prospects happier and steer clear of email-related legal problems. Tags:#can-spam act#email marketing#email spam AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrycenter_img Business practices are changing every day. Nowadays, companies and startups are interested in increasing market share maximization with the use of new technology like email marketing. Today digital marketing tools practice helping those companies in attaining its position by targeting niche audience of like-minded interest which those companies product can offer to them. The can-spam act is necessary and painful for email marketers.The myth of Email Marketing Without Considering CAN-SPAM ACTWe come across many situations where we become the victim of these “trap” technologies. Have you ever asked why most of the times when you visit any trade expo, your business cards were asked to be given at the venue, or a form is asked to be filled?Taking business cards at an event is a modern advent business practice which is done deliberately. Companies participating in the event can shoot emails to you with the product advertisement directly in your inbox. After a couple of weeks, you figure out that your inbox is bombarded with email of different business verticals. Most of them were participants and prospective clients.Your email account is flooded with the mail which has of no use to you.The person at the event beliefed you could be a prospect. They have added your email in their mailing list without seeking permission from you. With a firm belief that you like their business email, they start sending an email directly in your inbox.The other worst hookup situation is when the email received has no “unsubscribe” or opt out option. However, it is a law in the U.S. that a company must provide you with an unsubscribe — so look harder (usually at the very bottom of the site).CAN-SPAM ACT NightmareYou have two options left with you, either to write them to stop sending mails or put that email in spam. Though their strategy is to draw attention to the various services they offer — it can become a CAN-SPAM nightmare for you. Those senders had no idea that they violated the law and can be heavily penalized for such activity.Such activity can lead to loss of potential business they can render in the future either directly by the prospective buyer or through referral by violating email marketing regulations. You might have come across with this kind of situation when you exchange card without knowing that you are welcoming unwanted emails in your inbox. The sender hardly bothers that the sent mail is sent whether you have an interest or not.Email marketing and digital marketing are fantastic ways for businesses to flourish and boost sales.The marketing also keeps their customers up to date on company information. It’s fast, it’s relatively simple to set up, and it’s one of the most cost effective ways to market your business and drive customers to your website. Many startups prefer this medium of marketing as the cost effective way of communication to get connected with the potential customer.Sending emails and digital messages can only be done if it’s done properly. The following guidelines of CAN-SPAM ACT.Email marketing is also one of the quickest ways to irritate your customers and make them stop buying your products without getting permission to send emails. And it’s an easy way to break the law. Email marketing is regulated and governed by Federal law of the US.In 2003, President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing) Act bill into law to stop the onslaught of spam that was landing in everyone’s inbox. The US law was subsequently updated in 2008. Businesses, get up-to-date now so that you are in compliance.In brief, it means you CAN’T SPAM.The penalties for not following CAN-SPAM regulations are very high. The sender of commercial email charged up to $16,000 for every email sent. As marketers, this makes our job more difficult, but it affects us, so we’ve got to pay attention. Here’s a quick guide that gives a breakdown of the Act in layman terms, and it focuses on the main parts you need to be concerned with. Here it goes: Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Rajesh Kumarlast_img read more